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Nunavut August 31, 2012 - 12:30 pm

The World gets green light to transit Northwest Passage

Canadian Coast Guard ready to supply assistance if needed

JANE GEORGE

More than 100 years after Norway’s Roald Amundsen successfully sailed through the Northwest Passage on a small sloop with a crew of six, history may be made again along that route in 2012.

If successful in its west-to-east transit of the passage, a 196.5-metre ship called The World, which bills...

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Nunavut August 31, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Photo: The World visits CamBay

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Nunavik August 31, 2012 - 8:42 am

Photo: Nunavik students help on building project in Ecuador

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Iqaluit August 31, 2012 - 8:13 am

Iqaluit replaces human vote counters with machines

“There will be virtually no difference for the voter”

JIM BELL

New electronic vote-counting machines will let Iqaluit residents learn the results of this year’s municipal elections only “15 to 30 minutes” after polling stations close this Oct. 15, Kirt Ejesiak, the city’s chief returning officer, said this week.

Even better, those results ought to be...

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Nunavik August 31, 2012 - 6:40 am

Nunavik’s Hudson Strait reopens to beluga hunters: DFO

But hunters in two Hudson Strait communities aren't supposed to hunt any more belugas

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Nunavik’s Hudson Strait opens to beluga hunters again on Sept.1.

An Aug. 30 notice to hunters from the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans says Nunavik hunters may catch up to 56 belugas in the Hudson Strait from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30.

Of this quota, 18 belugas will go to hunters in Ungava...

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Nunavut August 31, 2012 - 5:31 am

Photo: The World arrives in CamBay

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Nunavik August 31, 2012 - 5:26 am

Photo: High prices amaze Ungava’s Liberal candidate

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Iqaluit August 31, 2012 - 5:10 am

Iqaluit’s emergency preparedness committee plans disaster response test for October

“It’s a quick and dirty scenario to get an idea of where we’d realistically stand"

DAVID MURPHY

If a water main fails or electrical generators break down in Iqaluit, compromising thousands of lives, the city now has a response plan.

That’s because the emergency preparedness advisory committee, with representatives from 24 agencies in Iqaluit, has been meeting monthly to create contingency...

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Nunavik August 30, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Ungava hopefuls make final pitches to Nunavik voters

Parti Québécois still holds province-wide lead in polls

JANE GEORGE

With the most recent CROP poll showing the Parti Québécois poised to win the Sept. 4 election with 33 per cent of the vote, Gérald Lemoyne, the Liberal candidate in the Ungava region, which includes Nunavik, is looking to pick up some last-minute votes in Kuujjuaq.

Lemoyne, scheduled to arrive in...

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Around the Arctic August 30, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Photo: Where the earth moved Aug. 30

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Around the Arctic August 30, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Aug. 30 quake shakes Arctic Norwegian island

An earthquake was also recorded in Iceland

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A powerful earthquake shook the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, about 700 kilometres north of Iceland, shortly before 2 p.m. local time on Aug 30.

The magnitude of the earthquake, which had its epicenter 428 km east-northeast of Ittoqqortoormiut in eastern Greenland, was initially measured at 7.0...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Nunavut regulates fireworks, but municipalities deal with the noise: GN

"Our concern would be fire and injury from them, not the noise"

SAMANTHA DAWSON

You can buy fireworks in Nunavut and use them — but your community may decide to ban or control their use in town.

That’s the latest from Ed Zebedee, director of protection services for the Government of Nunavut.

Fireworks sales in Nunavut are regulated by the territory, he said, but...

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Nunavut August 30, 2012 - 9:56 am

Photo: The World to arrive in CamBay

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Iqaluit August 30, 2012 - 9:28 am

Nunavut throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona wants to share positive vibes

"Work with yourself, view your life, look at the dynamics of your creativity."

SAMANTHA DAWSON

If you missed seeing Baker Lake’s hip-hop artist and throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona at this summer’s Alianait music festival in Iqaluit, you’re in luck: Tagoona will perform again in Iqaluit Sept. 8 and Sept. 9, as part of the activities leading up to World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10.

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Nunavut August 30, 2012 - 8:26 am

Photo: NS welcomes three new instructors

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Iqaluit August 30, 2012 - 6:36 am

Nunavut’s Embrace Life Council to mark Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day

Council plans weekend of suicide prevention activities in Iqaluit

DAVID MURPHY

The Embrace Life Council’s executive director, Jenny Tierney, doesn’t want suicide to be a touchy subject anymore — she wants suicide to be open for discussion.

That’s why the Embrace Life Council is hosting its first major event next weekend in Iqaluit, from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, World Suicide...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2012 - 5:16 am

Iqaluit’s Inuksuk high school gets a makeover

“[It] makes a difference when you have a good facility"

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Welcome to Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, where 400 students in Grades 9 to 12 started classes this past week — and where the school now offers a more high-tech, environmentally-friendly and safe environment for everyone.

That’s what more than $21 million in renovations can achieve.

Now, the...

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Iqaluit August 29, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Photo: Inuksuk gets a new coat

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Iqaluit August 29, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Nunavut RCMP want to see trigger locks on all firearms

Most of the firearms used in violent incidents are borrowed or stolen

SAMANTHA DAWSON

The members of the Iqaluit RCMP detachment take gun safety very seriously, Sgt. Kevin Lewis told Iqaluit city councillors Aug. 27.

Police are encouraging the safe storage of guns throughout Nunavut due to the recent rash of violent incidents involving firearms, Lewis said, in response to a...

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Iqaluit August 29, 2012 - 11:47 am

Iqaluit ratepayers to vote Oct. 15 in $40 million borrowing referendum

“A new aquatics centre is badly needed”

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Iqaluit City Council voted Aug. 28 to hold a referendum among Iqaluit ratepayers to approve the borrowing of up to $40 million to pay for construction of a new aquatic centre in the vacant lot behind city hall.

The ratepayers’ referendum would occur at the same time as the Oct. 15 municipal...

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